Madigage 'was one of a kind'

2012-10-20 15:09

Johannesburg - Messages of condolences were "pouring in from around the world" for Bafana Bafana assistant coach Thomas Madigage, the SA Football Association (SAFA) said on Saturday.

The governing football body confirmed that a delegation had visited Madigage's family in Driekop, Limpopo, on Friday.

Madigage, a former player and long-time assistant coach at Premiership club SuperSport United, was killed in a car accident near Burgersfort, Limpopo, on Thursday night.

"Thomas represented every sector of society - the church, football and the community - and the outpouring of grief that has resulted from his sudden death is proof of his humble and well-loved nature," SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani said in a statement.

"South Africa will never have another Thomas Madigage, and we as SAFA will work closely with the family in these times of mourning."

Included in the SAFA delegation were Bafana coach Gordon Igesund, second assistant coach Serame Letsoaka, team manager Barney Kujane and head of national teams Ace Kika.

"Tommy was not only my colleague, he was an honest friend, wonderful person and I will not find another sincere individual like him," Igesund said.

"I have been robbed of a true friend."

SAFA said Madigage would be buried in Driekop on October 28.

His memorial service would take place in Johannesburg on Friday.


  • phahla.matwa - 2012-10-20 16:01

    Robala ka kgotso rest in peace lala ngoxolo

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-10-20 16:51


  • nsikelelo.ngcobo.1 - 2012-10-20 16:10

    Lets God of all bless you and your family and lets angels of your family protect you all, and may soul of you honor rest in peace. You will always remebered and not even forgetable.

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-10-20 16:50


  • goodguy.buthelezi - 2012-10-20 16:13

    Sometimes dont understand how God operates. You take hard working individuals and leave useless ones behind. Madigage is dead Majola is alive. 4 Police officers in CPT are dead Cele alive. School kids dead Jub Jub alive dont understand..

  • phae.rayden - 2012-10-20 16:54

    Not being a soccer fan I had never heard of him before now, but it seems he was an incredible person gone too soon. My heart goes out to his family, especially his devastated daughter.

  • Fundile Lallo - 2012-10-20 17:22

    The country lost a good footballer and coach and there are people like you who are nasty, unpatriotic and who don't think before commenting. mentioning Majola and Hansie is uncalled for and out of line.

  • nomsa.vilakazi1 - 2012-10-22 16:21

    A Moya wagago o robale ka khutsho

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